, a leading provider of electronic global distribution services (GDS) for the travel industry, today announced the launch of Custom Fares.
This new service allows Galileo-connected travel agents in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to view Web fares from European low-cost carriers that are not included in the Galileo(r) system alongside fares from Galileo`s fares database.
Custom Fares reduces the time agents spend searching for the best fares for their customers, enabling them to provide a greater choice of flights with a much broader range of prices. No longer will agents have to search Web sites of low-cost carriers separately for the best point-to-point fares. With Custom Fares, they now have easy access to this information from a single source provided by Galileo.
Peter Hopwood, Galileo product manager commented:
“Travel agents want to be able to offer their customers a complete array of fares whether they come via the Web or via Galileo`s databases. With the launch of Custom Fares, Galileo is bringing all these fares onto one screen so agents don`t have to waste time searching individual sites. With the ability to book on more routes and airlines, agents also gain additional revenue opportunities.”
In addition to the single-search function, Custom Fares goes further in saving agents` time when booking Web fares. With its pre-fill feature, both agent and passenger information that is input into the requested fare, is automatically transferred to the low-cost carrier`s Web site.
Custom Fares is available as a chargeable option for travel agents using Galileo`s Viewpoint 3.0(tm) product and will be available during the first quarter of 2003.
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